Chadwell, Bucs open fall practice

CHARLESTON, S.C. (CSU) - The Charleston Southern Buccaneers officially opened fall practice and began preparations for the 2013 season with a two-hour workout Friday afternoon on the CSU Practice Field.

The practice is the first of the fall for the Bucs under first-year head coach Jamey Chadwell.

"It was great to be back here out on the field with the guys coming back and having the new guys aboard as well," said Chadwell following the workout. "I was excited to see them come out of walk-through this morning and come back out this afternoon with great energy and emotion. They remembered a lot of stuff that we did in the spring which is always good for a coach. It's a good start and a good first day for us."

CSU ran through morning conditioning tests after reporting back to campus Thursday night, and Chadwell was pleased with the results.

"We had a huge number of guys here who did it (conditioning test) over the summer and didn't have to run it and the ones that did really knocked it out," said Chadwell. "Coach Scott, our strength coach, did an outstanding job getting them ready so we're very pleased with that. I feel like, at least the first day, we've made some good strides as far as our attitude and what we're trying to get out of them.

CSU will practice at 3 p.m. each of the next four afternoons before two-a-days begin on Wednesday. The Bucs will don full pads for the first time and hold a full-contact practice on Tuesday afternoon. The first practice of fall camp will take place on Saturday, August 10, at 3 p.m.

The Bucs face The Citadel in their season opener on Aug. 31 at Johnson Hagood Stadium.